ANAHEIM -- The Sharks placed veteran forward Marty Havlat on injured reserve Tuesday and recalled Freddie Hamilton from Worcester of the AHL.

Havlat has missed the last three games, including the Dec. 23 game against the Colorado Avalanche where he was a last-minute scratch. That day he participated in the pre-game warm-up but coach Todd McLellan said he came down with what the team has described as a lower body injury.

Havlat and Adam Burish, also on injured reserve, skated after the Sharks practiced Monday.

Havlat, plagued by injuries throughout his time with the Sharks, had just eight points in 22 regular season games and had been held to just three points in nine games in December.

Now in his third season in San Jose, Havlat has played in 101 of a possible 159 regular season games with 53 points

Hamilton has played in seven games for the Sharks this season but does not have a point. Hamilton was Worcester's leading scorer this season with 11 goals and seven assists in 22 games.

McLellan would not commit to playing Hamilton on Tuesday against the Ducks, as the Sharks look for their fourth straight win. Antti Niemi will start in goal for San Jose.

"He's proven he can skate at the NHL level," McLellan said of Hamilton. "We have confidence in him and trust him in all different situations. He can play the middle or the wing, so we look at him as a utility man."



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